While they often presented themselves as bodybuilders’ publications, their chuckle-prompting titles — Torso, Adonis, Honcho, Mandate — didn’t lie. Gay men’s magazines of decades past were bought by gay men who wanted to look at the erotic illustrations of well- built male bodies therein. Because any- one known to possess such material in the homophobic 1950s and 1960s could experience serious consequences, men hid the magazines under their mat- tresses. These illustrations have now inspired a traveling exhibition, Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall. Curated by notable erotic artist Robert W. Richards and orig- inating at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the popular show contains 24 original illustrations that ap- peared in gay magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. It also looks at how gay men, forced into the closet during those decades, used these pictures to explore their sexuality intimately. It additionally serves as a showcase for the artists in- volved. On view are works by two dozen top artists of the times, including Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Antonio Lopez (Antonio), and David Martin.More
Producer, writer, and activist who produced shows like All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and Maude, is awarded the 2016 Freedom of Expression Award after a screening of the new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.More
At the main festival ground on Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th at Fort Mason Center, we welcome many celebrities from Japan, including WORLD ORDER, Silent Siren, Wednesday Campanella, GARNiDELiA, Mitz Mangrove, and many more, and we will also host a variety of events, including J-POP LIVE concerts, Meet & Greet sessions, Q&A with special guests, Interactive Summit, Travel Pavilion, Ramen & Sake Summit, dance, karaoke,cosplay and'J-POP Queen' drag contests.More
In 2013, when Catharine Clark moved her eponymous gallery from 49 Geary to the Potrero Hill area, she gave herself more room to work with, including a dedicated media space that has shown indelible work by such artists as Shalo P ("The Bedroom Suite"), Nina Katchadourian ("In a Room Full of Strangers"), and Andy Diaz Hope and Jon Bernson ("Beautification Machines").
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
Unlike holders of certain deep-space franchises, Lucasfilm is quite encouraging of all fan-generated apocrypha set in a galaxy far, far away. Inspired, perhaps, by the 1977 short film Hardware Wars, in which a cassette player roams through space, Lucasfilm even sponsors the Official Star Wars Fan Film Awards (it gave Hardware Wars the Pioneer Award in 2003). It seems if the Force is with you, almost anything goes. But the Dark Rooms Jim Fourniadis the man who brought us adaptations of Night of the Living Dead, Duck Soup, and Young Frankenstein is something of a Star Wars purist. Despite the rather severe limitations of his budget and milieu, Fourniadis did not want to turn Star Wars: Live on Stage! into a low-budget parody. Of course, despite his insistence that only sanctioned lightsaber collectibles be used, certain liberties had to be taken: Two of the Imperial Stormtroopers help move the story along like the Dark Sides own Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and C3PO is not exactly autonomous (you may notice TRASH embossed on his shiny faceplate). But, as usual, the tiny Dark Room has turned its liabilities into assets. Stripped of blockbuster flash and imbued with some true-to-life foibles (an innovative technology like the Death Star is bound to have a few bugs), its quite easy to see why this story helped sculpt our generation.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Dec. 5. Continues through Dec. 27, 2008